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Huckleberry Finn And Jim As Tools For An Analysis Of Society

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In Mark Twain’s novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, the main character and narrator is an uneducated and uncivilized white child who travels along the Mississippi river on a raft with an escaped slave named Jim. Throughout these travels, Twain uses the characteristics of these two central figures as ways of criticizing society. Huckleberry Finn’s innocence allows Twain to remove Huck from society so as to provide the novel with as much of an unbiased narrator and central character as possible. Both roles of Huck Finn in the novel respond to the different situations of the current society in ways that are different from the ways that the members of the situations ever had. Huck’s ...view middle of the document...

This chapter of the novel criticized the small impact society has had on Huck because although he still played tricks on Jim in a childish manner, society made him feel reluctant to apologize to a black man. It is obvious that these feelings were not from Huck’s sense of morality as he spends almost the entire novel trying to help a man escape slavery, which is against society’s morality. A critic of the novel named Emma Milliken wrote, “Later in the novel it appeared that Huck sees through these sorts of racist stereotypes that society established for Jim and other blacks as Huck narrated, “somehow [he] couldn’t seem to strike no places to harden [himself] against him, but only the other kind” (214).”. Milliken argued that Twain’s purpose in writing this event in the novel was to show how society viewed the slaves as people of lesser value, and that Huck’s innocence is only able to shield him from almost all of society’s viewpoints. It is at this moment however that Huck views Jim as a friend and he breaks through the only restraints that society had placed upon him.
In one of the most profound juxtapositions between Huck...

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